★★★★★ The Chameleon; because it’s fun to act like you know what everyone else is talking about.

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a party game that takes some thinking -but can still get rowdy.

This game stands out because: it’s a social deduction game that plays quickly and the it’s simple to teach (clever simple rules!).

1. This game really gets a group to interact and have fun.
2. Both roles in this game are fun.
3. Rounds are quick so you can play for as long as you’d like.
4. Rounds are quick so giving a bad clue (witch everyone does and is part of the fun) doesn’t matter.
5. This is the type of game that creates inside jokes with friends.
6. High player count makes this a great party game.

1. Best played with similar aged players.
2. Some people may not like how intense (stressful) this game can feel -but most people enjoy the pressure.

Brief Overview:

In this game everyone is dealt a card. This card will either say “you are the chameleon” or it will have a matrix. This matrix will be used to figure out the secret word from unique grid (topic card) that has been placed in the middle of the table.

The starting player will then say a clue word. Ideally this clue word will prove that he/she knows the secret word without giving that secret word away. If he/she is the chameleon, they will have to guess a clue word. After the starting player gives a clue word, the next player does the same until everyone has gone.

Players then discuss who they think the chameleon is. Once they have decided the chameleon reveals them self. If the players are incorrect, the chameleon wins. If the players are correct in guessing the chameleon, the chameleon still gets one more chance to win by guessing the secret word.



This game is a reprint of a game called Gooseberry (exact same game with a strange title). If you like this game you should also check out Spyfall, The Resistance, and A Fake Artist Goes to New York.

Teaching Advice:

Start by showing all the players the two cards that they may be dealt (the matrix card or the chameleon card). Then show how the matrix works (roll the dice and use one of the topic cards. Next explain how the two roles in the game can win.

Number of Players 3-8
Age 14+
Time 10 mins
Friendly ★★★★☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★★☆
Creative Freedom ★★★★★
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★★★★

Link to tutorial video on YouTube.

Link to The Chameleon on Amazon.

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